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Bezos vs Musk: Let battle commence

The news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is now publicly committing to using the United Launch Alliance’s (ULA) giant Atlas 5 rocket was no great surprise. However, his decision allows a noticeably clear opportunity for a ‘contrast and compare’ between the Bezos-backed Project Kuiper and arch-rival Elon Musk’s Starlink scheme. The two rivals are also […]

April 21, 2021

Amazon buys 9 Atlas launches for Kuiper LEOs

Jeff Bezos has contracted nine rocket launches with the United Launch Alliance (ULA) to launch his initial Project Kuiper low Earth orbiting (LEO) broadband-by-satellite craft. The contract means that for the time being he is not depending on his own Blue Origin rocket system. “We’re determined to make affordable broadband a reality for customers and […]

April 20, 2021By Chris Forrester

Ergen pockets $95m

Charlie Ergen, who is a major shareholder in Dish Network and EchoStar, has enjoyed a bump in his overall salary and compensation. Ergen is not quite in the same league as Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk, but this past year his total compensation has rocketed from $2.36 million to $94.7 million although a large portion […]

March 22, 2021

Who is behind Project Kraken?

Space Florida, a State-backed unit designed to build on Florida’s already hugely successful space-related activity, is in contact with Project Kraken – a mystery space business that could be looking to locate in or near Florida’s famous Space Coast. Amazon has confirmed that its Project Kuiper mega-constellation of 3,200 satellites have anything to do with […]

March 22, 2021

Bezos/Musk alumni create new rocket business

Stoke-Space Technologies with a C-level staff list that includes some hirings from Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk-backed businesses Blue Origin and SpaceX, has raised $9.1 million seed capital for its development work on a rocket’s important second stage. Musk’s SpaceX has solved (usually) the task of getting a rocket’s first stage back to Earth, and […]

March 1, 2021By Chris Forrester

Musk: “Starlink to double speeds”

Elon Musk says download transmission rates on his mega-constellation of Starlink satellites will double to around 300 Mb/s later this year. Musk, in a Tweet, added that signal latency will also improve to around 20 milliseconds. He also said that Starlink coverage will reach subscribers around “most” of the planet by the end of this […]

February 23, 2021

SpaceX makes plea for spectrum efficiency

SpaceX’s Starlink broadband-by-satellite system is calling for regulators not to license rival broadband would-be operators who do not recognise frequency sharing. David Goldman, director of satellite & spectrum policy at SpaceX, quoted by Space Intel Report, was speaking to delegates on a panel discussion organised by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and Saudi Arabia’s Communications […]

December 15, 2020By Chris Forrester

Starlink working on lowering terminal costs

Would-be subscribers outside North America will have to wait some tome for access to SpaceX’s Starlink broadband-by-satellite system. Starlink VP Jonathan Hofeller, speaking at last week’s Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week virtual edition, told attendees that as far as North America was concerned Starlink would stay as a ‘direct to consumer’ business. Starlink is already […]

November 16, 2020

Starlink delivering 160 Mb/s

Elon Musk’s Starlink broadband-by-satellite service is providing impressive speeds to its beta-test users. Numerous reports are emerging that downlink speeds, according to speedtest specialist Ookla, are reaching 160 Mb/s and for at least one rural customer in Montana stated that his downlink speed was 174 Mb/s and upload of 33 Mb/s. Another on the West […]

November 4, 2020By Chris Forrester

SpaceX prices Starlink services

Elon Musk’s Starlink service will cost US rural subscribers $99 (€84) a month. The beta-test users will also have to pay $499 for the phased-array ground terminal, a tripod stand for the antenna and a WiFi router. This price seems high, but for rural and frequently isolated potential users it could prove invaluable. The pricing […]

October 28, 2020By Chris Forrester